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CSU Campuses Nationally Recognized as Leaders in Educating Minority Students


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(July 6, 2009) – California State University campuses were dominant in the most recent top 100 rankings of universities providing access to minority students in 2008, published last week by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

As measured by the number of baccalaureate degrees granted, 13 campuses made the top 100 list for all minority groups combined; 17 campuses for Hispanic/Latino; 12 campuses for Asian American; nine for Native American, and four for African American.  

"The university prides itself on creating access to higher education," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "Our trustees, presidents, faculty, staff and students have worked to create welcoming and inclusive campuses–resulting in a university system that reflects the rich diversity of the state of California."

Several CSU campuses rose to the top of the  rankings, including California State University campuses at Fullerton, Long Beach and Northridge that each made the top ten of degrees granted to minority students of all backgrounds. Similarly, Northridge, Fullerton, Long Beach and San Diego made the top ten of degrees granted to Hispanic/Latino students. Finally, San José State University and San Francisco State University made the top ten of degrees granted to Asian American students.

The CSU has a number of outreach programs specifically targeted to reach underrepresented and minority communities. These programs include partnerships with the African American churches including Super Sunday, Super Saturday and the Summer Algebra Institutes, to attract and prepare students to become eligible for the CSU. In addition the CSU has a partnership with the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) to educate Latino parents about how to help students succeed in K-12 and go to college.


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The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 47,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 90,000 annually. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.